iPhone XS 8 plus to XS? Anyone did the trade? Is the screen actually smaller?

gdourado

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Hello, how are you?
I am wondering about this.
I have an 8 Plus. It is 5.5 inches.
The XS is 5.8, but it is taller with a different aspect ratio and the notch, so I believe the actual screen area is smaller.
Also, the XS screen is narrower and so I fear it might be a worst experience to some types of content consumption, specially web browsing.
Is this the case?
If you done this switch, what’s your take on this?

Cheers!
 

Freakonomics101

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Yes and no. The aspect ratio is smaller but it is taller. It’s mainly all personal preference though. The X feels bigger to me but overall size of the phone is smaller. I like the Plus but the size of the phone is just too big for me.
 

theanimala

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Yes and no. The aspect ratio is smaller but it is taller. It’s mainly all personal preference though. The X feels bigger to me but overall size of the phone is smaller. I like the Plus but the size of the phone is just too big for me.
I have an Xr which is bigger than the X, and my daughter has my old 7+. I wish I never gave her my 7+, the screen is so much better for viewing movies and webpages. I only wish they would give the old phones the new phone gesture controls.
 

BigDO

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The Xs screen displays more information in portrait mode and less information in landscape mode than the 8 Plus is one way to explain it. If you use your phone to watch videos you're definitely better off with the Plus models than the X models (which display video the same as the 4.7" models).
 

akash.nu

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I had the 8 plus and then the Xs Max, but even after using this size for 2 consecutive years I still can’t manage it comfortably with one hand and handling the device in crowded public transport is a nightmare so going with the normal size 11 Pro this time around since the battery life is almost on per with the Xs Max now.
 
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gdourado

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The Xs screen displays more information in portrait mode and less information in landscape mode than the 8 Plus is one way to explain it. If you use your phone to watch videos you're definitely better off with the Plus models than the X models (which display video the same as the 4.7" models).
It’s not a matter of videos.
It is more a matter of using safari and how both phones will render the web pages.
 

Puonti

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Maybe this chart I created last year will help you visualize it. It doesn't show you a direct comparison between an 8 plus and a XS, but the things it does show you are:

1) XS max has a screen as wide as the 8 plus (bottom right comparison)

2) XS max screen is wider than XR screen (bottom center: bright green vs the two shades of yellow)

3) XS screen is narrower than a XR screen (bottom left: two shades of orange vs two shades of yellow)

As for web rendering, sites should render at the same physical size on both devices (on Safari) so you'll get less text per line on the XS. This is why I went from a 7 plus to a XS max - I wanted the same width and much more height, rather than much less width and marginally more height.
 

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Elitegate

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Hello, how are you?
I am wondering about this.
I have an 8 Plus. It is 5.5 inches.
The XS is 5.8, but it is taller with a different aspect ratio and the notch, so I believe the actual screen area is smaller.
Also, the XS screen is narrower and so I fear it might be a worst experience to some types of content consumption, specially web browsing.
Is this the case?
If you done this switch, what’s your take on this?

Cheers!
The screen itself will be larger (5.8" vs 5.5") But since the phone itself (footprint) is smaller, you may think you have a smaller screen. You will get used to it.
 

JPH675

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I went from iPhone 7+ to X and yes the screen is smaller but in a more portable device that fits easier in my pocket.

I pre-ordered an iPhone 11 for many reasons coming from an iPhone X. If I can't live with that iPhone 11 screen, my Plan B is to return it and get an inexpensive, new iPhone 8+ and wait for next year.
 

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Here is X vs 7+, which is the same comparison:

X:
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7+:
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The effect for web browsing is negligible in my opinion.

The effect is most pronounced when looking at photos or video as the hight of the screen is more important in that use case.
 

gdourado

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Here is X vs 7+, which is the same comparison:

X:
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7+:
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The effect for web browsing is negligible in my opinion.

The effect is most pronounced when looking at photos or video as the hight of the screen is more important in that use case.
Thank you.
But I never use my phone in landscape.
Could you be so kind as to post the same comparison on portrait orientation?

Thank you.
 

magbarn

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The screen itself will be larger (5.8" vs 5.5") But since the phone itself (footprint) is smaller, you may think you have a smaller screen. You will get used to it.
Some of us don't get used to it. One of the reasons I spurned the X and went with the 8+ at the time was the narrower screen. I couldn't ever get used to it. Relieved when the Xs Max came out...
 
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Some of us don't get used to it. One of the reasons I spurned the X and went with the 8+ at the time was the narrower screen. I couldn't ever get used to it. Relieved when the Xs Max came out...
Same here.

Even for reading in Safari, the letters are physically smaller due to the narrower width on the Xs compared to the Xs Max. For my eyes which are not the same as many moons ago, this was important.
 

gdourado

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For a follow up, just picked a XS Max today.
Got a great deal and couldn’t resist.
So far I find it more difficult to use one handed than my 8 plus due to the fact that I need to reach the extremes of the phone frame because of the all screen design.
But it just takes some getting used to I guess.
But I am really excited about the XS Max!
 

akash.nu

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For a follow up, just picked a XS Max today.
Got a great deal and couldn’t resist.
So far I find it more difficult to use one handed than my 8 plus due to the fact that I need to reach the extremes of the phone frame because of the all screen design.
But it just takes some getting used to I guess.
But I am really excited about the XS Max!
2 years of plus / max size and I still couldn’t get used to the size. Going with the normal size pro this time. Unless you’ve got massive palms you’ll feel the fatigue.
 

gdourado

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2 years of plus / max size and I still couldn’t get used to the size. Going with the normal size pro this time. Unless you’ve got massive palms you’ll feel the fatigue.
I am going to start using the XS Max today.
I still have to restore my 8 Plus and set it up.
But let’s see.
Anyway, it was a great deal and I just couldn’t refuse.